Hatch going on air in Utah. Paul ends WH bid. A look at Romney's French mission.
Happy Tuesday. Sen. Orrin Hatch is going on the air in Utah with advertisements ahead of the Republican primary. The $133,000 buy on broadcast and cable will be positive, Hatch's campaign manager, Dave Hansen, tells Politico. Hatch is still sitting on a substantial amount of cash in trying to tamp down the challenge from former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist, and Utahns should expect to see Hatch greeting them often from their TV sets.
Topping the news: At attorney and blogger notes that Mitt Romney's mission to France must have been difficult with the anti-American feelings there at the time and the divergency cultures of Mormonism and Catholic-dominated France. [WaPost]
-> Rep. Ron Paul ends his Quixotic bid for the White House but plans to keep trying to rack up delegates to the national convention. [WaTimes]
-> Two days after Richard Mourdock beat Sen. Richard Lugar in a primary contest, Sen. Hatch phoned the new GOP nominee and cut him a $10,000 check. [RollCall]
Tweet of the day: From @HuntsmanAbby: "Ron Paul, don't fight it! Join the drop-out club with the rest of us. 99 delegates will only buy you a hot dog at convention."
And from @PoliticoRoger: "Ron Paul suspends active campaigning after maxing out on Southwest Rapid Reward miles."
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Evan Vickers, Republican consultant LaVarr Webb, my wonderful mother, Ann Burr, and my great father-in-law, Robert Linn, on his 50th birthday!
Welcome: To U. student Andreas Rivera, who will be joining us in The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington Bureau through the Hinckley Institute of Politics internship program.
Where are they now? Joe Cannon tweeted yesterday (@CannonJ): "Now CEO at @fuelfreedomnow. For more info check out our website."
In other news: The Hill profiles Sen. Mike Lee, telling the now famous story about he thought discussing constitutional law at the dinner table was normal. [TheHill]
-> Lee votes against a district court nominee. [TheHill]
-> Utah Policy issues another unscientific email poll of SL County GOP voters showing Hatch significantly ahead of Liljenquist in the Senate primary. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bryan Schott offers the five things he thinks this week. [UtahPolicy]
-> Obesity in Utah will continue to cost Utahns billions as residents' waistlines continue to grow. [Trib]
-> Robert Redford pens an op-ed urging against drilling in Desolation Canyon. [DPost]
-> Chinese officials present Gov. Gary Herbert with a sculture of a Chinese worker to commemorate those thousands of immigrants who helped build the transcontinental railroad. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on the fight against banking regulation. [Trib]
-> Could Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell be on his way out after this election? [Salon]
-> A new report says Utah is one of 18 states who fail to help new parents. [DNews]
-> Nuclear engineers are in Utah for a conference this week. [DNews]
2012 watch: A new ad for President Barack Obama's re-election calls Romney's former firm, Bain Capital, a "vampire." [WaPost]
-> Romney has a slight advantage over Obama nationally, though his 3-percent lead is within the 4-point margin of error. [CBSNews]
-> Time magazine went with a mom breast-feeding her three-year-old, Newsweek goes with a cover shot of Obama calling him the "first gay president." [DailyMail]
-> Romney is throwing the Obama attack lines right back at the president. [Examiner]
-> A Baptist university provost explains how Romney wooed evangelicals with his Liberty University speech. [WaPost]
-> While Romney touts his skills as a CEO, most presidents haven't come from that same background. [BusinessWeek]
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-- Thomas Burr
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